Please sign my petition to get the America Invents Act (H.R. 1249) repealed and tell the Patent Office to stop hurting independent inventors: www.change.org/petitions/unite…
When I was twelve years old, I designed a machine which could break the chemical bonds that formed molecules from atoms. Imagine the potential of this technology... it could be used to clean oil spills, remove excess greenhouse gasses from the atmosphere, maybe even as an early precursor of teleportation technology. But I never got the chance to attempt that, because I couldn't afford to file the patent application, and a certain group of people responsible for my education - I cannot name them here because I'm locked in a legal trap - took the rights to the invention away from me. The Patent Office, be it indirectly, helped them with this.
This past year, President Obama granted the America Invents Act (H.R. 1249). The main purpose of the America Invents Act was to change the American patent system to be more like that used by Europe - prior to H.R. 1249, the person who could prove that they had been the first to develop the invention was granted the patent rights for it. H.R. 1249 changed that so the person who is first to file the application is granted the patent rights for the invention, regardless of who invented it first. This gives large corporations - who have entire legal teams availible to write their applications in a matter of days - a major advantage over the independent inventors the patent system was originally createed to protect.
Not only that, most people don't realize there was a clause added to the America Invents Act which granted the Patent Office independent control of their fees and the use of their revenue. They no longer have to answer to Congress or federal regulations applied to government agencies on these matters. The Patent Office has essentially gone independent of Congress, like the Post Office. Less than a week after they went independent they added a 15% surcharge onto their patent fees. They had been trying unsuccessfully to get approval from Congress for this surcharge for over a year prior. It is obvious that the Patent Office is now acting in its own interest as a business, rather than in the interest of the inventors it was created to protect.
A great many patent regulations have changed now. More than I can keep up with. Last year I finally managed to get one of my inventions away from the aforementioned group of educators. I filed my application before they could file their claim. Because of the new regulations, my patent might not even be granted. Even if it is, I may not be able to pay the increased fee. It was $753 before the 15% surcharge was added, and I don't know what others they've tacked on since they got independent control. They no longer have federal regulations imposed on them.
I finally managed to get one invention away from this education organization - who, might I add, legally steals inventions from every student in America - and now, the Patent Office is trying to take it from me again.
I used to have a mentor who believed that information was the most important asset, resource, and freedom available to a person. I didn't at the time, but now that I've had a chance to see what the world has become - so full of misinformation propaganda, so many ways to force people into making mistakes - I agree with him. Try to imagine life without access to libraries, books, computers, telephones, radios, TVs, any method at all to preserve and transfer information. Your own house, your mind, even your life would be a prison and you wouldn't know what was going on. Inventors made telecommunications possible.
Now I've given you this information, through the system that we - inventors - built at great expense. Let me describe that great expense in more detail: Alfred Vail, one of the two co-inventors of long-distance telegraphy, was almost completely erased from history by the second co-inventor - Samuel F.B. Morse - who was desperate to claim the title as the sole inventor of the telegraph, and admitted this in a letter to his friend. One of the two co-inventors of radiotelegraphy was wrongly put in an asylum and left there, without any food, water, or human contact, until he died; the other was forced to fake his death and flee the government on his private yacht. The inventor of television was a fifteen-year-old Mormon farmer named Philo Farnsworth, who was constantly laughed at and bullied by corporations - even his own sponsors - until it drove him into severe depression. That is what five inventors had to go through to grant people the ability for telecommunications. Keep in mind that those are only five of the inventors involved in telecommunications, and that there are many, many more inventions around us - making our lives possible - than simple telecommunications equipment.
So if you care at all about your freedom, your safety, your convenience, your access to information, and your future, I'm asking you to help me take a stand against the organization that's supposed to be protecting independent inventors, but is instead ripping us off and selling us out to greedy corporations. It's a very simple thing - Just click this www.change.org/petitions/unite… and sign my petition, to let President Obama know that the Patent Office is hurting independent inventors because of the bill that he passed. Help me tell him to correct his mistake. Pass the link on to your friends... we inventors built the telecommunication system so you could do just that. It will only take five minutes, and just might ensure your future.